Government-Social Media Communications Reveal ‘Vast Censorship Enterprise,’ States Attorney General

- AMERICAN GREATNESS - Debra Heine - SEP 1, 2022 -

Newly released communications between federal officials and social media companies reveal how the Biden administration and Big Tech coordinated to silence opposing views on a number of topics—especially COVID-19— in “a vast censorship enterprise,” the attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana alleged in a court filing Thursday.

According to Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana, the Department of Justice has identified 45 federal officials who have interacted with social media companies on how to combat “misinformation,” and Facebook/Meta has identified 32 additional federal officials, including White House officials, who communicated with them to censor unapproved speech. YouTube identified 11 federal officials, including White House Officials, who communicated with them, many of whom were not disclosed by the Justice Dept., the State Attorneys General say.

The communications, which were obtained pursuant to a federal judge’s court order in July, reveal that Biden officials held weekly censorship meetings with social media companies to suppress posts about the COVID vaccines that countered the regime’s “safe and effective” narrative.

Schmitt and Landry filed a lawsuit back in May against eight high-ranking Biden Administration officials, including Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, seeking to expose how top Biden Administration officials colluded with social media giants to suppress freedom of speech under the pretense of combatting “misinformation.”

Judge Terry Doughty, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, ruled on July 12 that there was “good cause” for the discovery process, and set a timetable with specific deadlines for depositions.

“The Department of Justice is cowering behind executive privilege and has refused to turn over communications between the highest-ranking Biden Administration officials and social media companies,” Schmitt wrote in a press release Thursday. “That’s why, yesterday, we asked the Court to compel the Department of Justice to produce those records.”

In their Objections and Responses, the Biden Justice Department asserted a series of objections to discovery relating to White House officials. In their 67 page Joint Statement to the Court on the discovery disputes, the State Attorneys General argue that all their objections “lack merit.”

Although the Justice Department refused to produce communications between the most senior Biden officials and social media companies, the limited discovery produced thus far provides “a tantalizing snapshot into a massive, sprawling federal “Censorship Enterprise,” according to the AG’s Joint Statement.

That “censorship enterprise” includes “dozens of federal officials across at least eleven federal agencies and components identified so far, who communicate with social-media platforms about misinformation, disinformation, and the suppression of private speech on social media—all with the intent and effect of pressuring social-media platforms to censor and suppress private speech that federal officials disfavor,” the AGs say.

The joint statement alleges: “The discovery provided so far demonstrates that this Censorship Enterprise is extremely broad, including officials in the White House, HHS, DHS, CISA, the CDC, NIAID, and the Office of the Surgeon General; and evidently other agencies as well, such as the Census Bureau, the FDA, the FBI, the State Department, the Treasury Department, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. And it rises to the highest levels of the U.S. Government, including numerous White House officials. Defendants have objected to producing some of the most relevant and probative information in their possession.”

The joint statement includes Meta’s panicked reaction to Joe Biden’s unhinged and baseless accusation on July 16, 2021 that Facebook was “killing people” by not censoring vaccine critics.

“A very senior executive at Meta (Facebook and Instagram) reached out to Surgeon General [Vivek] Murthy to engage in damage control and appease the President’s wrath,” the AGs said in the Joint Statement. “Soon thereafter, the same Meta executive sent a text message to Surgeon General Murthy, noting that “it’s not great to be accused of killing people,” and expressing that he was “keen to find a way to deescalate and work together collaboratively.”


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